What To Consider While Choosing Right Pergola or Deck Material

There are a lot of options to add to one’s home features to make it look fabulous and an outdoor deck is definitely one of the very best ones.

An outdoor deck enhances the aesthetics value of a home to a greater scale but along with that it also allows the homeowner to make the optimum use of the outdoor open space and enjoy relevant perks. And when the perfect material, from a lot of the choices like timber decking, composite, PVC or metal, is chosen for the deck it substantially adds up to the resell value of the property. A home deck makes outdoor space more commodious and convenient as it can be utilised for reading outside in the sun, for outdoor parties and gathering or any a kind of home function and festivities.

But as it is said, to make the most out of it, one has to choose the most appropriate material to build it which will serve the purpose best.


How To Find The Appropriate Deck Material

In choosing the right and most favourable deck material, the first step should be to go through some necessity validating questions like:

  • What kind of deck is to be built with what degree of durability?
  • Would I want the deck to be a low or easy maintenance affair?
  • Will the deck need regular modifications or up gradation?
  • How much cost involved would be plausible for me?
  • Would I like to use the environment-friendly material for the deck?

When the answers to this questions are outlined, one will have the clearest cut concept of their necessity regarding the deck and they can then suit the choice of the deck material accordingly.

Here are our suggestions in choosing necessity apposite decking material:

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Timber Decking

If one goes for the aesthetic value of a house deck, then Timber decking is the most obvious choice. But the visual splendour is just an add-on with timber decking’s prime feature which is extraordinary resilience or durability.

What can be a considerable factor while choosing timber decking is the maintenance aspects of natural wood or timber deck? Being exposed to natural elements, it is to weather over the passage of time. So to ensure that the beauty of the timber deck is not marred with splits, cracks or roots, one has to keep the timber well-maintained by addressing stain and seal on the timber in a regular manner. 

Natural timbers are favourable for comfort factor as those remain temperate whether it’s sun or snow. Even in rainy seasons or wet climates, the Timbers withstand well with their ability to absorb moistly and thus makes the surface safer by being non-slippery.

The choice of high-quality timber for house decking is definitely an investment-worthy choice as it has its own exclusivities. For the best quality timber decking supplies in Melbourne visit O’Sheas Timber & Trusses.



PVC or synthetic

Synthetic, or most popularly PVC, are also widespread choice for house decking as these goes by the name of ‘wood plastic’. If homeowners are looking for a low-maintenance house deck, polymer vinyl can be a convincing alternative.

Plastics or synthetics are also an automatic choice for cost-effective house deck build. Though questions might get asked about their comparative durability, plastic or PVC made decks are easier to keep clean and have their own brand of resistance against scratches and stains.

Comparing with timber decking, synthetic or PVC decking is a much lighter build work; but this also makes it more convenient for outdoor entertainment and to endure a lot of mass gathering.


Composite Material

One of the very popular choices for house decking material is composite decking which has its exclusive feature of being environment-friendly, eco-appropriate alternative to PVC or timber decking.

Composite materials of a deck can withstand weather, resist stains and is relatively lightweight. As composites are made of recycled plastics and natural fibres,  these are not at all prone to splinter or decompose like timbers. This advantage of composite material makes this a low-maintenance and budget-friendly option for a homeowner.

Additionally, composite decking doesn’t require the hassle of staining or sealing. It is capable of sustaining its visual features lie textures and colour throughout its lifetime.



Metals like aluminium or mixed alloy are also commonly used for house decks. And this makes an excellent choice, especially, for homeowners living in proximity of heavily forested or dense bushland area. Considering certain regions of Australia and their notoriety for wildfire this choice of house deck comes as the sole option which is fire-resistant.

Metal decking is surprisingly affordable and also extremely resistant to weathering and decay. The maintenance of this is also minimum or next to nothing as cleaning of it is a no-sweat and can be done promptly.

The only considerable setback is the slipperiness of metal decks in a wet climate. It is also susceptible to heat-accumulation in sunny weather as in direct sunlight it becomes comfortingly hot.

So, weighing the pros and cons of different decking materials stated here, one can make pluses and minuses according to his/her necessities and choice and choose the suitable most material for pergolas or house decking.


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